Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Alaska Genealogy

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Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Alaska
Map of Alaska highlighting Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area
Location in the state of Alaska, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alaska
Location of Alaska in the U.S.
Founded 2008
County Seat No borough seat

Description[edit | edit source]

Formerly part of the Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area, the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area was renamed in 2008 after it lost most of the Outer Ketchikan to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. It has no borough seat. This census area is located in the southeastern part of the state.[1]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Aleutians East Borough, Alaska
  • Prince of Wales Island is the fourth-largest island in the United States (after Hawaii, Kodiak Island, and Puerto Rico), and the 97th-largest island in the world. It was explored by the Russians, Spanish, British, and French, and was named for George Augustus Frederick, Prince of Wales (later King George IV).
  • The community of Hyder is the easternmost town of Alaska and is notable for being the only place in Alaska not to use the 907 area code, instead using British Columbia's 250. Tourists also find that Hyder uses the Pacific Time Zone, the "preferred" currency is Canadian (except the U.S. Post Office, which accepts only American currency), observes Canadian holidays, send their children to a Canadian school, and calling the police means a Canadian Mountie will respond. Electricity comes from Canada, as the local electric utility is British Columbia's BC Hydro.
  • This area is traditional Tlinget territory, with the Haida tribes resettling on the island in the late 18th century from what is now Northern British Columbia. In 1887, William Duncan, a lay minister of the Anglican Church, settled Annette Island with a group of Tsimshian natives from Metlakatla, British Columbia, founding the community of "New" Metlakatla.

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

It was formerly part of the Census Bureau's Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area, but the name was changed in 2008 after most of the Outer Ketchikan (except the parts near the community of Hyder, and Annette Island) was lost to annexation by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this census area.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Boroughs, Census Areas, and Districts[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this census area:[2]

Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Prince of Wales-Hyder, Alaska online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the Borough
See Alaska Cemeteries for more information

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1960 1,772
1970 2,106 18.8%
1980 3,822 81.5%
1990 6,278 64.3%
2000 6,146 −2.1%
2010 5,559 −9.6%
Source: "".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Hoonah-Angoon Census AreaSitka BoroughPetersburg BoroughWrangell BoroughKetchikan Gateway BoroughBritish ColumbiaAK PRINCE OF WALES - HEYDER CENSUS AREA.PNG
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Military[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]


Probate[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

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Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Prince of Wales–Hyder Census Area, Alaska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alaska 18 June 2018.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Alaska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,–Hyder_Census_Area,_Alaska, accessed 25 February 2019.